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DNR and the disappearing science

A Halifax Media Co-op article by Robert Devet asks if our forests are “not a renewable resource after all” and highlights nutrient supply issues as a matter of concern. “Poor soils, acid rain and a history of clearcutting make Nova Scotia’s forests vulnerable to aggressive harvesting practices, a biologist argues. Yet the Department of Natural […]

Tuesday, Sep. 9: Why Forests Matter

An evening of discussion about forests, their influence on society and why they matter to Canadians. A Nature Conservancy of Canada Event at Pier 21. $8 admission, students free. Details

Thursday Sept. 4: Native Wild Bees

Bee decline is a worrying phenomenon. In our first evening meeting for the fall season, Andony Melathopoulos will introduce us to the key Nova Scotian species, provide a glimpse of their natural history, and talk about what we need to do to ensure their conservation. 7:30 p.m. at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History […]

Prospect Head, Caramelized White Spruce

On our joint Halifax Field Naturalists/Nova Scotia Wildflower Society walk at Prospect Head Nature Reserve yesterday (July 12, 2014), we noted extensive browning of vegetation which was attributed to salt burn associated with sea spray from Tropical Storm Arthur 8 days before, preceded and followed by hot, dry weather. At one point, a few of […]


Peter Webster will lead this scenic hike which starts and finishes at the Inner Gulf Island end of the coastal trail and goes toward Prospect. Read more.

SMU plans threaten precious woodland

According to the SMU Campus Master Plan, St. Mary’s University plans to construct a large buildling (the “Oaks Complex”) in the red oak woodland by The Oaks in south-end Halifax. This remnant natural woodland with elements of old growth forest (multiaged oaks, snags, decaying fallen trees) & abundant witch hazel, indian pipe, mocassin orchid and […]

Tuesday June 24, 2014: HRM Public Hearing on RP+5

The now long-awaited Public Hearing on RP+5 will be held by Halifax Regional Council commencing on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Halifax Regional Council Chambers at City Hall, 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax, NS. All written and oral presentations will be considered at that time. Written submissions may be forwarded to the […]

HRM is restarting Lake Monitoring

Received from Sackville Rivers Association: Some great news – HRM is restarting the sampling program. It came out earlier this week. In total there are 43 sample stations, sampled 3 x per year for three years, with a possible one year extension, depending on budget. Good times! View RFP

Mon June 16, 2014: Emerging Swells

At event at the Maritime Museum will highlight How Research Makes a Difference for People and the Environment on Canada’s Atlantic Coast. &pm reception, 7:30 Main Event. View Poster

Tackling Glossy Buckthorn

Betty Hodgson, well known to HFNers, is featured in a Chronicle Herald story about volunteer efforts to remove the highly invasive glossy buckthorn from the Pugwash Estuary Nature Reserve. “It doesn’t directly threaten the estuary or the wildlife in it,” volunteer Betty Hodges [mispelling of Hodgson] explained as she trudged towards a grove of the […]


Just one year to go! Launched in 2010, the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas (MBA) is a five-year citizen-science project which documents the occurrence of butterflies in the Maritime provinces. John Klymko, the Atlas director, will discuss the highlights of the project as it enters its fifth and final field season, and will provide a briefing on […]

HRM Public Meeting to review the design of a new permanent building on the North Common

Please plan to attend the HRM Public Meeting on Thursday June 5, to review the design of a new permanent building on the North Common. This permanent building is another major encroachment on the remaining ~ 30 acres of the 1763 land grand of 240 acres “to the inhabitants of the town of Halifax as […]